Happy back to school everyone!
I don’t know about you, but I get excited for new beginnings. And, this year is no exception. I cannot wait to get started with your daughters in bible study again. The coolest part is that we really aren’t beginning something new. We are CONTINUING something really deep and sweet and beautiful that was begun over four years ago. This year at Tween Time is YEAR FIVE! Can you believe it?? I need to make sure your girls understand something: I am VERY aware that many of them are no longer “tweens”. Just look at them! They are growing more and more beautiful inside and out! (Most of them are taller than me now. Not that passing up 5’2″ is that hard to do.) So, while “Tween Time” may no longer be an accurate name, I am not as interested in re-naming us as I am in growing our friendships and deepening our love for Christ as we seek Him together. Whatever we are called, we are about what we have always been about: FAITH, FRIENDSHIP, and FUN.
And, that leads me to our theme for this year: WHATEVER. Last year we learned that the Bible is one big story, that God is writing each of our stories, and that our generation is at a specific place in God’s story. With that in mind, we want to encourage our girls that WHATEVER God has created them to do–WHATEVER they are passionate about, gifted at, called to do–they can live their lives daily for God’s glory and kingdom purposes. Our theme is based on Colossians 3:23-24, which says, “WHATEVER you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. ”
In keeping with the spirit of our theme, this year I have encouraged each of our leaders to do WHATEVER works for them and their own daughters regarding Tween Time. That means that each leader will be choosing their own day, time, curriculum, and activities. As our daughters are growing up, I have also encouraged the leaders to engage the girls in a dialogue about what kind of group they would like to have.
Even though we will have multiple groups doing different studies, we will work together to have a group event or two as the year goes on so that the girls can see that they are a part of a bigger neighborhood thing. Truly a God-thing. Because, trust me, I didn’t know in 2011 that we would still be doing this. What a blessing!
There are a few changes we are making that are worth noting: 1) There will be no online registration. 2) Girls can attend any group that fits them. We will not be assigning girls to groups.
Click on this link to view the listing of available groups.
Here’s how to join this year: Choose the group that best fits your daughter and show up on the start date! (Note that the start dates differ.) It’s that easy.
The $50 participation fee (for the whole year) will remain the same for all groups for ease of accounting. Remember that the fees simply cover bible study materials (each girl will have a workbook), t-shirts, and snacks (the bulk of the cost). As always, if you cannot pay, this will not keep us from serving your daughter. Fees can be paid where you attend. You may still pay online with a credit card, with cash, or with a check made out to Tween Time or Audrey’s Harvest.
If you look at the list of groups and say, “None of these groups works for my family’s schedule.” Then, I beg you, please consider being a hostess/leader! Let me tell you a little bit about the women leading this ministry…
We are just moms (and grandmas!) who love Jesus. We believe the Bible is true. We want to know what it says. We want our daughters to know what it says, too. And, so we are being intentional about taking time to learn alongside them. We are so convinced that what is in the Bible is GOOD NEWS that we want to share it with others in our community. We want our daughters to form lasting friendships and be equipped to live out their faith in their everyday lives. That’s it. It is that simple.
If you can say, “Hey, that sounds like me!”, then this ministry may be for YOU, too. When I say our theme is “WHATEVER”, I really mean that we are super flexible on the logistics. You don’t have to host 50 girls at your house each week to have a successful group (You can state your limit). You don’t have to meet weekly. You don’t have to start in September. You don’t have to be a Bible scholar. You don’t have to sing or play guitar or lead worship. You don’t have to do things like we have done them in the past. This is about sharing the same heart and passion for Jesus and for our girls. If you are feeling a tug at your heart, call me. Perhaps you should take a leap of faith this year? The only way this ministry continues is if more mamas join in the fun.
Let me know if you have any questions for me. As always, we are hoping that many of your precious children will join us. Praying for them. Praying for our community. May we be a city on a hill shining Jesus’ light brightly.